• Sorting shelves and cracking shells

    My quest to be better organised continues (inspired by www://orgjunkie.com). The latest thing I’ve tackled is the ‘library’ in our holiday cottage. When we used to go on holiday, pre llamas, I was always delighted to find a shelf of books offering some entertainment for quiet half hours, or if...


  • Scaremorants

    There’s a very persistent cormorant hanging around Alder Lake (the biggest of our three) this year. Just one, but one is more than enough. Fishery owners don’t like cormorants. They can do a lot of damage to valuable fish. Cormorants are protected so you can’t do anything drastic to make...


  • Write up to date

     </p> Gratuitous cute kitten photo to make you say 'ahhh'! </div> OK, where am I on the writing front? I promised I’d keep you updated in my blog post http://www.bloginfrance.com/2011/write-back-where-i-belong/, and, since I always enjoy seeing how other writers are progressing, here’s my contribution. I’m 22,000 words into my living...


  • La Mode Illustrée

    When we moved into Les Fragnes nearly five years ago now, the loft of what is now our gite, Notaire’s House, was stuffed with treasures – clothes, tools, toys, books and journals. One of these journals is La Mode Illustrée. We have copies dating back to 1876. It’s a large...


  • Getting organised – and a 135 year old puzzle!

    This is my desk as it was last night. Eek. Not impressive. Actually, it was rather worse than usual since I had to quickly dump a load of stuff on it in a hurry.  And it’s not a desk. It’s an écritoire that Chris bought me out of the blue...